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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 11:47

Thanks Clari.   We'll find out more tomorrow and then make decisions.  She is eating well, even if she no longer scats, and she did ask to go outside this morning while the dogs were out on walkies and managed the stairs but is clearly stiff in her back legs since yesterday.   Don't want her suffering if we can help it.

We're having slow roast belly pork with crackling and apple and veggies for dinner.  No idea about lunch yet.

I have just unpacked OH's Belgian beer glass collection.  Two shelves' worth and I suspect most will hardly ever get used now.............but he wants them displayed in the kitchen!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:33

Slept late too Joyce.  Shattered still but we're slowly winning against the piles of cartons.  Best do some clothes next I suppose.   Oh is busy changing a light fitting so I can see in the new pantry/scullery.  I might do a bit of pot moving later so my herbs are by the door and in full sun and maybe put some bulbs in pots too. 

Pusscat has developed a bit of a limp so I fear the cancer is now affecting her gait.  Otherwise she seems fine and is eating well but I don't want her suffering.   Vet tomorrow then and we can update the doggy micro-chips while we're on.

Great photo Busy.   Glad your trip went well Chicky.   Have a great day out FG.  Clari - hope Reggie enjoys his play date.  You too.   Well done Hostafan - the way to go is a series of rolling logs.  I used round fence posts to move a concrete BBQ with chimney - much to OH's surprise.  Doubting Thomas should have known better in the face of Obxx is on a mission!

Enjoy your day everyone. 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:19

Same here.    Fresh at the mo but 17C expected later.  

ID needed

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 18:05

Good find.    They'll produce fatter, denser flower spikes if you feed them.

Remusatia hookeri

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:26

Don't know this plant so googled and found this info - http://www.tropicalbritain.co.uk/remusatia-hookeriana.html  Scroll down for what it likes.

ID needed

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 13:42

Eucomis aka pineapple lily.

Can go outside in sheltered areas as it tolerates a little frost but is best kept frost free over winter if grown in pots.   Feed it when it starts into growth again next spring.

Camera Talk

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 13:34

Gorgeous photos JC.   I know what you mean about history and connections with past events and people.  I hope the Blackfoot and Cree have stopped fighting!  I have just moved to France from Belgium where we lived in an old farmhouse dating from the 1770s.    I used to run an international cooking group and one of the ladies - a Tex-Mex princess - observed that our house was older than her country.

Someone else doing some work on the house removing layers of tarmac from very old granite pavers in the former yard could tell from their style and size that Napoleon had probably seen them when he passed on his way to Waterloo.

Our new home is also an ex farmhouse but I have yet to discover any of its history but believe the main building dates from about 1900 and is probably a barn conversion..  There is an even older ruined stone-built house in the grounds.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:18

You snuck in Busy.  Glad you enjoyed your barn dance and dinner.   

GW - we had a steam mop but it didn't last long as the head attachment was weak.  Now have a Karcher thing which is sturdier but has a short leccy lead and, for me, a too short handle and I am only just above average height so how do tall people cope?

WW- love a purple dressing gown but find kaftans more practical.

How to varnish/seal plastic planter

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:00

You have to do loads of very fine coats so the paint and varnish levels don't build up and start to drip.  Shake the can really well, hold it about 9 inches away from the surface and go lightly.   Practise first to build up confidence and expertise.

You usually can't mix oil based products with oil based surfaces as they tend to dissolve each other which is why some paints and varnishes are not good for plastic surfaces.   If you do use an acrylic varnish use 3 coats max as more than that builds up and gives a milky finish.


Posted: 08/10/2016 at 09:52

At the house we've just left we planted a hawthorn hedge which grew 6'/2m every year.   If you select branches to keep and prune others judicially you will end up with a tree like specimen again.    Do have a gentle word with your new neighbours about rules and courtesies tho.  

Best to stay on friendly terms if you can and, as weedy says, you can always take revenge by planting another but, be warned, hawthorn gets huge so they may have inadvertently done you a favour by pollarding it. 

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